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Tony Iommi, Serj Tankian & Cesar Gueikian

Hear System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian & Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Etc. Team Up On “Deconstruction” (Updated)


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A collaborative track titled “Deconstruction” arrived online digitally tonight, December 07th. That song finds Cesar Gueikian, President & CEO of Gibson Brands, paired with fellow Armenian Serj Tankian. Tankian of course is best known as the vocalist of multi-platinum alternative metal outfit/nü-metal band System Of A Down.

Also involved in the track is pioneering heavy metal legend, Tony Iommi, guitarist for the highly influential Black Sabbath. The song serves as a charity track, with all proceeds to benefit the Armenia Fund’s Artsakh Refugee Initiative. Gueikian penned the track and recently discussed it with Rolling Stone.

Tankian said of his contributions to the track, which included lyrics cribbed from his poetry book, ‘Cool Gardens‘:

“The funny thing was as I was singing it, I got the Layne Staley vibe, like Alice in Chains — that really deep, dark thing with harmonies like Jerry Cantrell‘s. There’s a certain aspect of what I did that reminded me of [Layne], almost like paying him homage, because it’s slow but hard…. And then the second part was more trippy, almost poetry. But Cesar liked it.”

Iommi told the aforementioned publication of his involvement, “It was great to hook up with Serj again and also to do a track with Cesar. I think that he’s trying to steal my job!! Haha!! The Armenian people are really lovely people, and it’s a great pleasure, a great cause, and I’m very happy to be involved in it.”

You can find more from the trio over at Rolling Stone.

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